The winning ticket of the top prize, numbered 79140, was drawn at 12.13 pm and then announced in song by students from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school.
— Europa Press TV (@europapress_tv) December 22, 2015
Each year Spaniards go crazy for the lottery, with some 75 percent of the population participating in a game that gives 1:6 odds of winning something.
But this year, the big prize was a ticket sold in the seaside resort of Roquetas de Mar, in the Almeria region of Andalusia.
The two schoolgirls who sang out the winning number in a televised event from the Madrid's Teatro Real opera house,were Lorena Stefan and Nicol Valenzuela.
Those who bought the winning ticket, a number sold exclusively from a lottery shop located at number 19 on Avenida de Roquetas, will each take a share of the €640 million top prize.
— Europa Press (@europapress) December 22, 2015
People usually club together buying a tenth of a ticket – un decimo – each for €20 so that whole groups of friends, family or work colleagues end up with the same number.
Those lucky decimo holders in Roquetas de Mar, a town with a population of 90,000, will enjoy a win of €400,000.
Spain's state lottery estimates that in 2015 each Spaniard will spend, on average, €62.72 on Christmas lottery tickets.
Other lotteries have larger individual top prizes but El Gordo is ranked as the world's richest, handing out a total of €2.2 billion ($2.4 billion) this year in millions of prizes.
— Spain (@spain) December 22, 2015